It’s time to dig out your Bob Marley records and play them with pride because reggae is back!
In Kingston, Jamaica, the main event at fight night – a popular boxing showcase – is hours away, but the crowd at the National Stadium’s indoor arena, from the young and hip to the elderly, is already pumped. And when reggae artist Tarrus Riley enters the stage, the audience’s screams are deafening, their fervour energising the performance.
Although Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae, the genre has over the years been relegated to the oldies section. But a musical and social roots movement called Reggae Revival is on the rise in Jamaica, where the raunchier dancehall genre has been king for the last two decades.
The revival evokes music from reggae’s golden era of the 1970s, dominated by the laidback legend, Bob Marley, who put reggae on the global map with his catchy tunes and spiritual and socially conscious lyrics before his untimely death in 1981 at the age of 36.